This popular, provocative fighting franchise has added many new tricks and expanded features to make it the best entry yet in the series, and a fresh new start for the series as a whole. Dead or Alive 6 starts with a whopping 26-strong roster of fighters, each with their own unique personalities and fighting styles. While each fighter feels different from the next, the game's basic mechanics make the combat instantly accessible, regardless of your skill level. But the game still relies heavily on timing and countering to excel, keeping skill a major factor for victory. The new "Break Gauge" feature adds a new layer of special moves and abilities to the classic DoA formula as well, giving even longtime fans a few new tricks to play with.
Dead or Alive has always been known for its polished visuals, and Dead or Alive 6 is no exception. All of the characters, movements, and environmental effects are sharp and detailed. Blood, bruises, ripped clothes, and other damage effects shown are a constant reminder that fighters rarely leave a match unscathed. The game even takes a cue from the latest Mortal Kombat games by occasionally entering slow motion and zooming in tight on particularly brutal hits. These more intense moments of violence can be turned off via an option in the game's settings. One thing that can't be turned off, though, is the more provocative content that's always been a signature of the series. Female characters constantly show up in revealing outfits, making sly comments laced with innuendo, and moving in ways that emphasize their bodies (including the series' infamous "jiggle"). While this aspect may not be as prevalent as in past games, the free camera feature allows players to pause the action to zoom in or out and view the characters from any angle. While this can be a little distracting at times, it doesn't take anything away from the pure adrenaline-fueled fun the game provides. Once again, Dead or Alive 6 proves itself as a top contender in the fighting game genre as one of the best-looking and more user-friendly fighters on the market today.